Serial was by no means the first true-crime story to capture the whole country’s attention, but it certainly reminded everyone just how riveting those stories can be. Following in the footsteps of Capote’s In Cold Blood and Norman Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song, Netflix will release their take on the true-crime genre with Making a Murderer, available to stream in full on the site starting on December 18th.
The series follows the disturbing, how-can-this-be-real-life story of Steven Avery, who served an 18-year prison sentence for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in his home county of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Avery maintained his innocence throughout his prison term and was eventually set free when DNA evidence cleared his name. After his release, Avery was getting ready to sue the county for tens of millions of dollars when he was arrested in connection with the disappearance and presumed murder of Teresa Halbach. Making a Murderer appears to focus most on this second crime, and the twist-filled trial that followed his arrest, over the course of its 10 episodes.
In an interview with news station WBAY, the special prosecutor from Avery’s case, Ken Kratz, says that the series was originally made as an advocacy piece for the defense, and therefore may not tell the whole story. A quick google of the case will tell you how it ends, but I’ll let you choose whether or not you want to find out before you watch the series.